DEAR VALUED SHAREHOLDERS:
On behalf of FineMark Holdings, Inc.—the Board of Directors, the executive management team, and all of our dedicated associates—I am pleased to report on the company’s performance for the third quarter of 2020.
FineMark Holdings, Inc. (the “Holding Company”) (OTCQX: FNBT), the parent company of FineMark National Bank & Trust (the “Bank”) (collectively, “FineMark”), today announced third quarter 2020 net income of $5.7 million (or $0.63 per diluted share). This compares to net income of $4.5 million (or $0.50 per diluted share) reported for the third quarter of 2019.
THIRD QUARTER FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
FineMark achieved record quarterly net income for the third quarter, up 27% versus the third quarter of 2019 and up 44% year-to-date versus 2019. This increase has been driven largely by loan growth of 23% and assets under management and administration growth of 11% over the past 12 months.
As of September 30, 2020, total assets stand at $2.6 billion compared to $2.1 billion a year earlier. Quarterly pre-tax operating income increased to $7.4 million (a 23% increase over the third quarter of 2019). These achievements are particularly noteworthy given the low interest rate environment and uncertain economic climate.
Highlights of third quarter 2020 performance on a year-over-year basis include:
- Record earnings resulting in Return on Average Assets (ROAA) of 0.90% (up from 0.89%); Return on Risk-Weighted Assets (RORWA) of 1.54% (up from 1.45%); and Return on Average Equity (ROAE) of 11.35% (up from 10.47%).
- A cost of funds decline of 88 basis points (to 0.67%).
- Trust and investment fees increased 7% to $5.3 million, representing 24% of total revenue.
- Assets under management and administration increased 11% to $4.6 billion (This includes both new clients and existing clients expanding their relationships).
- Loans net of allowance increased by over $330 million (or 23%) to $1.8 billion.
- Deposits increased 24% to $2.0 billion.
- Net interest income increased 34% to $15.2 million.
Please refer to attached abbreviated financial statements here.
COVID-19: ONGOING IMPACT AND OUR RESPONSE
Despite the many challenges the current pandemic has created, FineMark has maintained its focus on safety while delivering exceptional service to our clients, resulting in strong financial performance for our shareholders. Our ability to grow while also generating record earnings during this difficult period is clearly due to the quality and dedication of our people and their commitment to our client service-driven approach.
Operations and Safety: Most of our associates have returned to the office and continue to provide service at the highest level by holding productive meetings through the use of videoconferencing technology and by offering drive-through service and in-person meetings by appointment. We also have begun to open some of our lobbies for teller transactions.
Loan Forbearance: The credit quality of our loan portfolio remains strong despite the challenges and hardships faced by many of our clients and the broader economy. As of June 30, 2020, we granted 90-day forbearance on 184 loans totaling $131 million. As of September 30, 2020, only six of those loans (totaling $6.1 million) remain in forbearance; we do not expect any losses from those relationships. These results are a testament to our prudent, relationship-driven approach to lending.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): As of September 30, 2020, we’ve processed more than 500 PPP loans. In the third quarter, based on the current rules issued from Congress and frequent updates provided by the SBA, we began the process of helping borrowers apply for loan forgiveness. In alignment with our values, we’re pleased to be able to help many businesses in our communities successfully obtain loans through this program.
NET INTEREST INCOME AND MARGIN
The Federal Reserve is expected to maintain its ultra-low target for short-term interest rates for the next two to three years and we continue to seek funding cost reduction opportunities to offset that downward pressure on interest income. Net interest income for the third quarter increased 34% year-over-year to $15.2 million; on a year-to-date basis, net interest income rose 26% versus 2019. This growth reflects our success in reducing our cost of funds while growing our deposit base.
Our average cost of funds declined to 0.67% this quarter versus 0.77% in the previous quarter; this decline of 10 basis points is largely due to the low interest rate environment. Yield on earning assets, however, decreased on an absolute basis, falling from 3.32% to 3.13% during the third quarter. As a result, net interest margin decreased from 2.58% to 2.50% during the quarter. Non-interest-bearing deposits increased 51% in the third quarter compared to the previous year, including funding for PPP loans deposited in non-interest-bearing accounts; this represented a large change from a fairly small base.
Our overall growth continues to be bolstered by our expanding trust and investment business, as measured by assets under management and administration. As of September 30, 2020, FineMark had a total of $4.6 billion in assets under management and administration, up 11% on a year-over-year basis. During the third quarter of 2020, we added over $73 million of client assets; these inflows came from both new and existing clients, representing our ability to build new relationships and expand current ones.
A continued recovery in the U.S. equity market in the third quarter also contributed to our growth in trust assets. Net appreciation and income from investments increased clients’ assets by $166 million in the third quarter. Trust fees for the third quarter totaled $5.3 million, an increase of 7% on a year-over-year basis and up 12% year-to-date versus 2019.
FineMark realized net gains of $1.1 million from the sale of debt securities in the third quarter. Security sales were conducted primarily to maintain FineMark’s balance sheet in line with policy levels.
As FineMark’s loan portfolio, deposit base and trust business continue to grow, certain expenses may increase as needed to maintain the bank’s high levels of client service. Non-interest expenses in the third quarter totaled $14.1 million, a 19% increase compared to the third quarter of 2019. The higher expense is mainly due to our hiring of new associates at a rate that is in line with FineMark’s steady expansion. As always, our focus is on maintaining the level of client service that meets our high standards.
The overall credit quality of the bank’s loan portfolio remained strong during the third quarter, improving over the second quarter and year-over-year with low levels of classified loans relative to capital and total assets. As of September 30, 2020, classified loans—loans that may potentially default—totaled $2.35 million (or just 0.93% of total capital and reserves). This level compares very favorably to the industry average of 14.44%; management believes the probability of any losses associated with these loans to be very low. Total non-performing loans declined 7% year-over-year to $1.1 million and now represent just 0.06% of total loans.
The allowance for loan losses at the end of the third quarter was $20.2 million, up 3% versus the second quarter and up 31% year-over-year. This increase reflects loan portfolio growth and includes $2.5 million added in the first half of 2020 as a special COVID-related provision, which is in line with industry practice. Approximately $630,000 of loan loss allowances were added in the third quarter, an amount that is in line with FineMark’s typical levels. The loan loss allowance represents 1.12% of total loans outstanding as of September 30, 2020, is unchanged from the second quarter and up from 1.05% a year earlier.
Management believes that this level of reserve is sufficient to support the risks in the bank’s loan portfolio. The residential real estate market, which represents the majority of our loan portfolio, has not yet shown a negative impact due to the pandemic. In addition, only 15% of the portfolio is represented by commercial loans, with no concentration in sectors particularly affected by the pandemic. (It is worth noting that our percentage of commercial loans was just 10% a year ago; the increase to the current 15% has been driven primarily by PPP loans.)
FineMark’s management team is pleased with the credit quality of the bank’s loan portfolio and will continue to monitor economic conditions closely to determine whether additional provisions should be made. We believe our commitment to knowing our clients’ individual situations—and working proactively with them to deliver creative solutions—continues to serve our shareholders well.
CAPITAL AND LIQUIDITY
All of the Bank’s capital ratios continue to be in excess of regulatory requirements for “well-capitalized” banks. As of September 30, 2020, the bank’s tier 1 leverage ratio was 9.19%. FineMark’s tier 1 leverage ratio was 7.71% and the total risk-based capital ratio was 16.57%.
HEADQUARTERS CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
Construction of our new office building in Fort Myers, Florida, is on schedule. The building will support the bank’s growth and serve as the home base for our expanding team. We continue to work closely with the building contractor to ensure that workers’ safety is prioritized and have been assured that all appropriate job-site safety measures have been implemented. We expect our relocation to begin in mid-November and plan to open with just under 100 associates onsite before the end of the year.
As we continue to work together during a year filled with unprecedented challenges, we appreciate your loyalty, trust and faith in us. We’re also deeply grateful for the dedication exhibited by our associates each day. Their constancy, positive attitudes, and desire to serve inspire us all. Our people have been nothing short of extraordinary in their commitment to the bank, to our clients, and to our communities.
Our ability to achieve the financial success reported here is no secret—it’s the result of our relationship-based approach, which is dedicated to providing creative, convenient solutions that meet our clients’ needs. We believe that our commitment to driving diversified growth through both our lending and asset management businesses will serve our shareholders well across all phases of the market cycle, particularly in these times of heightened uncertainty.
We thank our shareholders, our associates, and our clients for their continued support.
Joseph R. Catti
President & CEO
FineMark Holdings, Inc. is the parent company of FineMark National Bank & Trust. Founded in 2007, FineMark National Bank & Trust is a nationally chartered bank, headquartered in Florida. Through its offices located in Florida, Arizona and South Carolina, FineMark offers a full range of financial services, including personal and business banking, lending services, trust and investment services. The Corporation’s common stock trades on the OTCQX under the symbol FNBT. Investor information is available on the Corporation’s website at www.finemarkbank.com.
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